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Subject: Target classifications v2 ?

Target classifications v2 ?

From: Dave Chapman <dave_at_dchapman.com>
Date: Sun, 11 Oct 2009 23:07:56 +0100

All,

I've been thinking a bit about the target classifications, and have come
to the conclusion that we now have a large number of ports, in a wide
variety of states of completion, that the current 3 categories is not
enough.

I would like to see the addition of a "top-tier" category - one that all
ports should strive to enter, and one which contains Rockbox ports we
consider to be the best examples of what our project can offer.

Looking at the current "Stable" targets, the Archos devices, iriver
H1x0/H3x0, Gigabeat F, iaudio X5 and maybe some of the Sansas (I don't
own any Sansas, so can't comment) would probably go there.

Targets where there are still serious issues, such as the lack of
charging on ipods would be relegated to the next category down.

So my suggestion would be along the following lines:

1) "Stable" - Rockbox runs very well on these players and can be
considered a fully functional (with possible minor exceptions)
replacement for the manufacturer's own firmware. The port also has a
complete manual and is supported by the installer.

2) "Usable" - Rockbox runs well on these players and is good enough to
be used for day to day audio playback. It has a fully documented
installation process (and may be supported by the installer) and has a
list of any serious known issues/limitations.

3) "Unusable" - Rockbox works to some extent on these players, but is
either missing major features (such as audio playback), has serious bugs
or a troublesome or undocumented installation procedure.

4) "Early development" - These ports have some code in Rockbox SVN, but
not enough to be functional in any useful way, and they may or may not
be under active development.

Targets in categories 1) and 2) would be what I would consider
"supported", and included in releases.

Thoughts? Or am I going round in circles (apologies if I haven't read
all previous discussions on this issue...)

Dave.
Received on 2009-10-12


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